Ashley Greene: “‘Twilight’ has give me the ability to say no” [NEWSOK Interview Part II]
Sun, 11.20.11 | 8:14:44 am
“Twilight” Week continues here at BAM’s Blog, and with this weekend’s release of the penultimate film in the saga, “Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” series star Ashley Greene is looking beyond the “Twilight” phase in her career.
“I think ‘Twilight’ has given us a really good jumping off point, and one of the things I’m most thankful for — other than the fan base that we’ve developed — is that it gave me the ability to say no and to really sit back and wait for something that was inspiring to me and that was different and that I was passionate about,” she told me in an exclusive, one-on-one interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles during the recent press day for the film.
“I think that’s one of most tragic things is when you have to take a (role). You know, it’s hard to say no to a job if you can’t pay your rent, and sometimes that kind of tarnishes someone’s career a little bit, I think. So I’ve been lucky enough to really sit back with my team and say you know, ‘What do we think about this?’ and ‘Does this character interest you?’ and ‘Is the film as a whole great, and who’s directing it?’ and just really look at all the elements. I think the most important thing right now is to kind of create longevity and to be really smart about the choices that I’m making.”
Greene’s post-“Twilight” acting career is starting Dec. 4 with a three-episode arc on ABC’s 1960s-set aviation drama “Pan Am.” She recently signed on for “Olivia Twisted,” an ultramodern female version of “Oliver Twist.”
She also stars in the comedic films “Butter” with Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman and “LOL” with Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.
“I’m very interested in comedy,” she said, adding that “Butter” was the first project “that I was terrified, but it ended being really fun. You know, I took the role and then was like ‘Oh my God, what am I doing? I don’t know what I’m doing.’ You know, it was all very new. I’m still learning every day and taking different parts that I’ve never done.”
Another project she found inspiring: “The Apparition,” the feature film debut from Tulsa writer-director Todd Lincoln. who created the hit deadCenter Film Festival documentary “Biker Fox.” In Lincoln’s thriller, she and Sebastian Stan play a couple terrorized by a supernatural force that feeds on their fears.
“It was really fun working with him, and … you could just tell that this was his baby and he was so passionate about it. And Todd actually fought for me on that movie. I met with him, and he was kind of one of the driving forces that got me that role, so (I’m) very thankful for that,” she said.
She also said that she’s thankful to have one more “Twilight” film coming up: “Breaking Dawn: Part 2″ opens in theaters Nov. 16, 2012.
“I think the end of ‘Twilight’ is like the beginning of the rest of my career. I think inevitably there’s gonna be that piece of me that’s missing. I feel like because ‘Twilight’s’ become such a huge part of my world and it’s all I’ve know for the past four years, it’s like leaving high school a bit. You’re very excited about it, but you still know that you’re gonna kind of miss it. It’s a very huge change that’s going to happen. But I’m very optimistic about it and very excited about it, and I at least know that next year we have another one coming out. So even though I’ve kind of had to shelf the Alice Cullen character — which is a little difficult — I’m still gonna have these events and press junkets and cast dinners and premieres and stuff like that. They’re kind of weaning us off it rather than just cold turkey.”
Read more of my interview with Ashley Greene Thursday here on BAM’s Blog, on NewsOK and in the MOOD section of The Oklahoman.